Do I Look Like a Lady? Mickalene Thomas at MOCA

“We wear the mask that grins and lies, It hides our cheeks and shades our eyes, This debt we pay to human guile; With torn and bleeding hearts we smile…” ~Paul Lawrence Dunbar There’s something strangely familiar inside the dimly lit living room installation of Mickalene Thomas’s latest exhibition, “Do I Look Like a Lady?” … Continue reading Do I Look Like a Lady? Mickalene Thomas at MOCA

Mural Buffings Confirm Fears of Runaway Development in DTLA’s Arts District

Early on in my career I was given a small piece of advice that dictated how I presented myself professionally: “Dress for the job you want.” In the intersecting space between gentrification and street art, developers have applied that age old career advice to the neighborhoods they invest in.  When it comes to street art, … Continue reading Mural Buffings Confirm Fears of Runaway Development in DTLA’s Arts District

Art + Practice Re-Visits “Bad” Painting

“Not Bad Meaning Bad, but Bad Meaning Good.”-Peter Piper, Run DMC In 1978 the New Museum opened “Bad” Painting, an exhibition featuring artists that eschewed conventional artistic practices to create work that challenged precepts of high culture and countered Minimalist/Conceptualist art. “It is figurative work that defies, either deliberately or by virtue of disinterest, the classic … Continue reading Art + Practice Re-Visits “Bad” Painting

Unmentionables: Zoë Buckman at Papillion

Peering through a gallery window at lingerie hanging from the ceiling made me feel like a voyeur. Catching a glimpse of Papillion while closed was probably the best way to experience their latest exhibit by Zoë Buckman called Every Curve.  In this body of work the artist explores the polarities between feminism and hip hop and the cultural dynamics of both existing within … Continue reading Unmentionables: Zoë Buckman at Papillion